Well we certainly closed out the summer season with a bang!
Thank you to everyone who supported, encouraged, and participated in our first annual Yoga Fest Chelsea, September 7 and 8. We all enjoyed the incredible teachers, deep practices, heartfelt fun and incredible community that came together here in Chelsea. Lesley and I, and our community partners are already planning for next year and look forward to welcoming everyone back for #yogafestchelsea in August 2020.
Transitions The shift from languid days of summer to brisker autumn provides both challenges and opportunities. Very often fall is a time of back to work, back to school (either for ourselves or our children), more hectic schedules and new projects. As with all periods of transition, it is important to be aware of the shifts in our environment, activity levels and daily habits such as eating and sleeping. Practicing mindful awareness will help us to maintain balance in our lives, rather than being swept up in accelerating activity and distractions - potentially losing sight of personal needs.
Physical and emotional health can be more easily maintained if we take even a few minutes per day to assess and adjust.
Be aware, be still, find your breath.
Below are tips for balance in health through changing seasons, courtesy of Joanna Ganesha of Sublime Aruyveda & Yoga:
Goodbye sweet summer.... Although I have been living in Quebec for over thirty years, I still find our winters cold. Having lived in Italy just before arriving in Quebec, I was fascinated by the Art of non-niente and the sun...quite the opposite of what we live here in the winter! That's exactly where our thoughts can fly away to during Fall + Winter (VATA season in Ayurveda), far in the distance and somewhere warm..
According to Ayurveda, during the change of season (Ritu Sandhi), it is essential to be more conscious of your actions. Your daily Ayurvedic rituals become precious when out of the heat of summer into the freshness of autumn..
Thanks to Ayurveda, even though my constitution prefers a milder climate, I manage to keep warm and rooted.
Here are some Ayurvedic tips so you won't get carried away by the wind!.
What to do to keep BALANCE :
• Go to bed early and get up early
• Keep warm by avoiding strong air drafts
• Practice regular yoga, meditation, and gentle breathing techniques
• Drink hot herbal teas using spices such as ginger, cardamom and cinnamon
• Eat hot, soothing and easily digestible meals (i.e. soups, dahls, stews)
• Eat sweet, sour and salty foods
Enjoy this gorgeous season of change!
~ Breathe with Nature ~
We love Kat Mills! We love her so much we have invited her to come from her home in the Laurentians and visit us here at Vraie Nature this October.
Kat will be offering a Saturday afternoon workshop focused on our relationship with Nature; does a part of your identity include a connection to the natural world? Recent research has proven that being in nature and even just the simple act of feeling this connectedness can provide many positive benefits to humans.
Join is for this special afternoon to breathe, move, connect - sign up here!
Our next Kirtan will take place Saturday October 26th at 4:00pm
Did you know that the Kirtan group we host here at our studio now has an official band name! SOULHUM is Zofia Kumas-Tan, her two daughters Livi and Cherisse and her stage partner Scot Dunlop. They have been and will continue to share their gift of sound and mantra at Vraie Nature each month.
*This is a free family-friendly event that we are happy to offer our community on a monthly basis! Come and enjoy music, mantra and good company.
Please read the class description below if you are unfamiliar with this beautiful form of Yoga.
Everyone is welcome, including children!
Experience the beauty and power of nada yoga: the yoga of sound. We will learn a few simple yoga mantras, and practice them in the traditional call-and-response form called kirtan.
Breath & Bliss, taught by Lisa Hebert is back again!
We sold out this reflective, informative training in the Spring and we are offering it again to those who may not have been able to attend in June. You will find a treasure chest of new practices to enhance your life. For movement educators of every discipline, athletes, coaches, manual therapists, mental health professionals and any individual looking to enhance their recovery tool-kit, you will leave with creative ways to guide students of every level, and yourself, into down-regulation.
We are happy to announce that Friday Night Specialty Classes are back for the Fall starting next week!
Our Friday night classes offer you extra classes each month to come into the studio and explore unique classes.
These are restorative classes that will help you to reset for the weekend!
Add candle light to your Yin, body exploration to your meditation with Yoga Nidra, take a Therapy Ball rolling class, 'Move and Meditate' or dive into a Somatics class designed to soothe and heal your nervous system, helping you to feel rested and relaxed.
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